Americans for the Arts envisions an America where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community.  We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. 

Through the Arts Education Network, Americans for the Arts provides arts education professionals with professional development opportunities as well as tools and resources  needed to strengthen arts education in their own communities. Members of the Arts Education Network are professional members of Americans for the Arts, and represent a cross-section of arts education leaders, including arts administrators, teaching artists, school administrators, and representatives from higher education.

The Arts Education Council, an advisory body elected by the Network, provides guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of these arts education professionals nationwide.

Read more about the Arts Education Network and Council.

Jan 24, 2014

On Jan. 8, 2014, Americans for the Arts, along with twelve other arts and educational advocacy organizations release A Shared Endeavor: Arts Education for America’s StudentsThis document articulates the purpose and value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserting its place as a core academic subject area, and detailing how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments.

Jan 23, 2014

Learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world.

Sep 11, 2013

It's election season here at Americans for the Arts!

Jan 30, 2014

Marty Walsh, the newly elected Mayor of Boston, stepped into office and immediately went to work restructuring his cabinet and the Boston government.

Jan 15, 2014

At the end of last year, Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University retired. She has been the face of arts and culture in New York for over 23 years.

Sep 17, 2013

The Right Brain initiative is a sustainable partnership between public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community to teach to children using the arts, creativity innovation, and whole-brain thinking.

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Arts Education & Advocacy Preconference
Empowering Arts Education Advocates: Tools and Case Studies to Inspire Action

Arts education is so necessary for so many reasons - and yet many communities have tremendous difficulty making the case. Come take part in this deep training experience designed to help participants understand the ins and outs of advocacy for arts education on a local level.